Eat safe: The takeaway on takeout (and other food)
In the weeks since the safer-at-home ordinance went into effect in Los Angeles, we’ve had to learn to do a lot of things differently. The ways in which we study, work, communicate and interact physically with each other have all changed dramatically.So too with how we eat and shop for food. Yet even with limited trips to the market and most restaurants turning to takeout and delivery service, many of us still have questions about how to best handle the food we bring into our homes.We turned toCatherine Carpenter, a professor of medicine, nursing and public health at UCLA ’s Center for Human Nutrition and an expert on food safety and nutrition for tips on takeout, shopping and food hygiene.Is it safe to order takeout? The general consensus is that it’s safe. There’s no evidence that the coronavirus is carried in food or transmitted by food.Just to be cautious, however, choose restaurants you really trust. Many of us have received notices and seen advertisements from restaurants highlighting their food safety practices. If you have any doubt about a particular restaurant, just don’t order from them.Can I get COVID-19 from takeout boxes or bags?The virus spreads through respiratory droplets that come from breathing, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have both concluded that there isn’t any evidence that the virus is transmitted through food packaging.So the short answer is no. Since y...
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